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10-man Celta end sorry streak at Osasuna

18 February 2007 20:53

MADRID (AFP) - Celta Vigo notched up their first league win in 12 games with a hard fought 1-0 victory at Osasuna.

Fernando Baiano´s header from a Gustavo Lopez cross after two minutes was enough to give Celta their first win since November.

However, Celta inevitably made life difficult for themselves and spent the majority of the game with just 10 men after Uruguayan midfielder Nestor Canobbio got his second yellow card four minutes before half time.

Despite the long-awaited win, it was not enough to help Celta out of the relegation zone and the Galician club remain third from bottom.

The two clubs below them both lost and look doomed to the drop.

Real Sociedad, who last experienced the Spanish second division 40 years ago, went down 1-0 at Recreativo Huelva.

Recreativo´s Beto headed the only goal of the game after 50 minutes, the Portuguese international defender connecting with a corner from Emilio Viqueira.

Bottom club Gimnastic Tarragona took the lead at Racing Santander after 58 minutes thanks to a strike from Tobias Grahn but eventually crashed to a 4-1 defeat.

Racing struck back quickly after their visitors´ goal and were back on level terms within two minutes when a 20-metre effort by Lionel Scaloni found the net.

Gimnastic´s Argentine defender Anibal Matellan headed the ball past his own keeper to give the lead back to Racing after 67 minutes before Gonzalo Colsa and Nicola Zigic added further goals as Racing tormented Tarragona.

Aritz Aduriz got both goals in Athletic Bilbao´s 2-0 win over Getafe to keep the Basque club one place above the relegation zone and ahead of Celta on goal difference.

Espanyol kept alive their slim hopes of European football next season with a 3-1 victory over Real Mallorca while Levante continued their revival and got a valuable away point with a 0-0 draw at Deportivo La Coruna.

League leaders Barcelona are aiming to put their turbulent week behind them with a win at Valencia later on Sunday.

The reigning European champions have a three point lead at the top of the table but Valencia lie fourth, have only lost one game at home this season and won seven of their last nine games.

Three-time African Footballer of the Year Samuel Eto´o has been left out of the Barcelona squad that will make the trip down the Mediterranean coast.

Barca coach Frank Rijkaard said on Saturday that the Cameroon striker had been left out of the squad to face the 2002 and 2004 Spanish champions at the player´s own request, despite the public rift between the pair over the last week.

"Eto´o has told me he feels his fitness is improving but that he would prefer to stay in Barcelona to continue working to achieve his peak form," commented Rijkaard.

Second-placed Sevilla, who started the year at the top of the table but who have since floundered, play host to Atletico Madrid on Sunday.

David Beckham´s return to Real Madrid´s Santiago Bernabeu stadium turned sour on Saturday when the former England captain was sent off in the dying seconds of the 0-0 draw with Real Betis.

After falling on the edge of the area and claiming a penalty, Beckham was dismissed for the fifth time since he joined Real Madrid in 2003 after petulantly hacking at the legs of Betis´s Jose Isidoro.

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